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AAA2: AVENUE Hails Save the Children at Glittery Gala

by AVENUE insider Photographed by Simon Leung and Guillermo Mogollan
Monday, September 17, 2018

AVENUE Magazine, New York’s authoritative society journal, presented its 2nd annual AVENUE Altruism Award at its Children United Gala on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at the United Nations. The evening, supported by the UN Office for Partnerships, was dedicated to bringing awareness to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #3: Good Health and Well-Being.

The Children United Gala honored and benefited Save the Children, the global aid organization that has been working for nearly 100 years to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn, and protection from harm. In 2017 alone, Save the Children reached more than 155 million children in 120 countries, including the U.S.

The evening began with sunset cocktails on a terrace overlooking the East River.  Afterwards, in the Delegates Dining Room, Dr. Nata Menabde, Executive Director the World Health Organization’s office at the United Nations gave introductory remarks before Carolyn Miles, President and CEO of Save the Children, received one of the 2nd annual AVENUE Altruism Award in recognition of her work with Save the Children to double the number of beneficiaries of the organization’s nutrition, health, education and other programs. Cokie Roberts, prominent columnist and political commentator for ABC News and NPR, presented the award to Miles. 

Dr. Paul Farmer, Co-founder and Chief Strategist of Partners In Health, received the evening’s other AVENUE Altruism Award in recognition of his creation of community-based treatment strategies that demonstrate high-quality health care in resource-poor settings. Marsha Mason, American actress and director, presented the award to Dr. Paul Farmer.

Award-winning journalist, Tamron Hall, who hosts “Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall” on Investigation Discovery, served as Master of Ceremonies. Dr. Nata Manabde, Executive Director of WHO at the United Nations, New York and Robert Skinner, Executive Director of the UN Office for Partnerships were guest speakers. 

Held in the prestigious UN Delegates Dining Room, with cocktails on the promenade overlooking the East River, the Gala and awards ceremony was an auspicious global gathering of UN dignitaries, philanthropists, and AVENUE’s audience of New York’s highest achievers and prominent social figures, celebrities and the socially aware.  Debbie Bancroft, Liliana Cavendish, Denise De Luca, Bonnie Pfeifer Evans, Somers and Jonathan Farkas, Loretta Ross-Friedman and Andrew Friedman, Judy and Rod Gilbert, Susan Gutfreund, Dottie Herman, Natalie Kates, Michele Gerber Klein, Christine Schott and George Ledes, Kamie Lightburn, Lisa and Matt Lori, The Hon. Earle I. Mack and Carol Mack, Gretchen Mathews, Tatiana and Campion Platt, Mark Ritchie, Alysia Reiner, Jean and Martin Shafiroff and Jade Zaroff served on the Benefit Committee.

Paola Bacchini, Kim Charlton, Angela Chen, Rafael Feldman and Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin, Sergio De Cordova, Wendy Diamond, Lee Fryd, Ashok Gandhi, Jeremy Hu, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Cheri Kaufman and Bill Sclight, Roy Kean, Margaret McGetrick, Ryan Nessing, Deo Niyizonkiza, Laurie Paull, Neil Raynor, Lauren Day Roberts, Gary Rombough, Mary Snow, Lavinia Branca Snyder, Anabelle Jo Soloway, Ze Quing Song, Dan and Carol Strone, Yifei Sun, Rick Teller, and Yulia Vasileva were among the 150 guests.  AVENUE’s president, Randi Schatz, and editor Michael Gross, along with Kelly Laffey, Ben Diamond, Jessica Lee, and Susan Feinman from the magazine’s team, as did AVENUE columnists Bancroft, R. Couri Hay and Barbara Hodes.  

In their remarks, Schatz spoke of AVENUE’s 42 year history covering philanthropy, and Gross reminded the assembled that the awards honor substantive philanthropic achievement, not self-promotion. The evening’s sponsors included the Solow Building Company’s 685 First Avenue and the Malta Tourism Authority.  



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